WR Corey Washington continues to impress

Posted Aug 9, 2014

WR Corey Washington caught the game-winning touchdown pass against the Steelers

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants’ preseason is rapidly becoming the Corey Washington show.

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For the second time in as many weeks, the rookie free agent from that famous football power, Newberry College, scored the game-winning touchdown in a Giants victory. On Saturday night in MetLife Stadium, Washington caught a three-yard fade pass from Curtis Painter with 2:50 remaining in the fourth quarter, the final points in the Giants’ 20-16 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In their opener last week vs. Buffalo in the Hall of Fame Game, Washington made an acrobatic catch of a Ryan Nassib pass and turned it into a 73-yard touchdown, putting the Giants ahead for good in a 17-13 victory.

“God is working,” Washington said. “I’m staying humble. I’m taking in the playbook day-by-day and just making plays out there.

“It’s fun to go out there and make plays and help the team get a win. I’m just waiting for the regular season to start. Hopefully, I’ll make the 53-man roster here in New York.”


The Giants trailed, 16-13, when they drove from their own 20-yard line to the Pittsburgh three, where they had a first-and-goal. Running back Michael Cox was stopped for no gain on first and second down. On the next snap, Washington lined up on the left side, got s step on cornerback Isaiah Green and reached up to catch Painter’s perfect throw. Painter completed all seven of his passes on the drive.

“Curtis played well,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “When Curtis came in, he moved the ball. It was an outstanding drive. Corey Washington made a nice play over in the corner.”

Green is just 5-10, or six inches shorter than Washington. The second-year corner had little chance to prevent Washington from catching the ball.

“It’s a big part of my game,” Washington said. “I’m 6-4, tall and lanky. I can go up and get the ball. That helps against smaller corners. It can be big for the team this year.

“It was me and the ball because the cornerback, he was kind of holding me, so I had to shed him off and once I knew he was on my backside shoulder, I could adjust to the ball and make a play on it. Of course, they called a fly route so when I saw the height of the corner, I was like, ‘Okay, the quarterback’s going to come to me. I’m ready to make a play.’”
Painter was quick to credit Washington for the touchdown.

“Hopefully, it was a good throw,” Painter said. “I know he made a heck of a catch. It was tough coverage. I know he did quite a bit of it.

“He’s doing a great job. He’s been doing that in practice a lot. He’s a big target, which makes it easy for quarterbacks. He just made a great play, went up and got it. It was a good drive there, a lot of guys got open. It was a pretty good team effort there.”

Washington finished the game with three receptions for 23 yards, tying Kendall Gaskins for the team-high in the former category and Travis Harvey in the latter.


The 6-4 wideout has become one of the best stories of the Giants’ summer. Washington played two seasons at Georgia Military College and two at Newberry in South Carolina, where he caught 95 passes and scored 22 touchdowns in two seasons. The Arizona Cardinals were impressed enough to sign Washington on May 13. They waived him two weeks later and the Giants claimed him. Now he’s one of the most talk-about players in camp.

“I’m getting real comfortable,” Washington said. “I’ve got Victor Cruz helping me in the playbook. The guy’s staying on me. Going out here and making plays, just studying. Looking at Victor Cruz, the first and second team is doing what they do. I have to perfect my craft.”

The key for Washington is to produce consistently and force the coaches to seriously consider him for a spot on the final roster.

“You’ve just got to go out there and make plays,” he said.

Right now, few Giants are making more of them.